Tuesday, 9 December 2014

My Top 3 Foundation Picks

I have seen a few bloggers doing posts and videos about their favourite foundations so of course I am ready to jump on that bandwagon and share with you my go-to products for my base. If you are a regular reader on these parts then you will have probably predicted what will be included in this post but if you are on the hunt for something new read on. I do tend to go for higher-end foundations because I just find that the quality and lasting power is slightly better. Saying that I do have quite alot of lower-end favourites but I do save those for shorter days.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Of course I had to start off with the foundation love of my life. I discovered this earlier on this year and it has been my go to base ever since. It is a medium to full coverage foundation with a satin finish. It is so longlasting which is why I tend to reach for it on an everyday basis. It works well with so many different brushes and with fingers which is great for early mornings when you grab the nearest thing to you! I love this foundation so much I have it in two shades, Monte Blanc and Fiji - which if you look at swatches online are miles apart but I do love my fake tan! Another thing I love about this foundation is that it is SPF free which is perfect for flash photography- no ghost face! It is the most expensive out of my three picks but one bottle will do me 4-5 months so you really do get your moneys worth! Available online here.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream
For days where I want a slightly lighter coverage I always reach for my Bourjois CC Cream. This offers amazing coverage while still feeling amazingly lightweight on the skin. I totally ignored the whole BB/CC cream hype but this one slipped itself into my make-up bag and it is a keeper! It contains different colour correcting pigments which even out your skintone. Whenever I wear this my skin looks completely radiant with a bit of a glow. I do have to powder this to make it last the whole day but other than that I can not fault it. It is the cheapest of my picks and available online here. You can get it online here.

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation
This is the most recent addition to my foundation collection, and it is actually one I "borrowed" from my mum. This again is a more medium-full coverage foundation and is extremely long-lasting throughout the day. The reason I am such a big fan of this foundation is that while I'm wearing it it seems to improve my skin and how it looks. I was going through a bad skin patch a few months ago and during the time I was wearing this I found that it made such an improvement to my skin. It is definitely on the dewier side of things so if you are an oilier skinned girl maybe steer clear of this one! Available online here.

If you have any other base recommendations for me please let me know.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

NYX HD Concealer

You all know I am a massive fan of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer but unfortunately coming up to Christmas, a €30 concealer is just not high on my list of priorities. I recently tweeted that I was going to a NYX stand and asked for recommendations for what to pick up and the lovely Leanne recommended the HD Concealer. I hadn't heard anything about this concealer before but I decided to buy it since I was running dangerously low on my NARS one. 

There are so many shade options of this concealer it is amazing! I normally go for the lightest shade possible in concealer because I am so naturally fair that I can use it with or without tan on, and I always like to apply it underneath my eyes to brighten up those dreaded dark circles. But there were so many shade options I really wasn't sure which to go for, I did eventually settle on CW02 which was the second lightest in the range that was at the stand I visited. It is a pretty close match for my shade in the NARS so I felt our relationship was off to a good start! I have to say, I have fallen in love with this concealer. For the couple of euros I spent on this I wasn't expecting much but I have to say that I think this is comparable to the Radiant Creamy concealer. It gives amazing full coverage but it doesn't look heavy or caked on. I just apply it to the area needed and blend with my ring finger. It blends in seamlessly and is amazingly longlasting! I would apply this in the morning and it is still there when I remove my make-up at the end of the day.

For €6.99 I think this concealer is an amazing find! If you are in the market for a good drugstore concealer I would definitely recommend you give this one a go. They have an amazing range of colours, including some colour correcting ones so there is something for everyone! 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

November Beauty Favourites

I seriously can not believe that we are almost in December. 2015 is coming at us fast and furiously! I have been on a (kind of) spending ban the past month, trying to save for Christmas presents but ironically all products in this months favourites are new to me. In my defence all the make up is from the "drugstore" and the skincare product was on a deal! With that in mind, lets go through my favourites.

Origins Out of Trouble Mask
If you follow me on Twitter, you will have seen that I was having serious skin problems the past while. So I decided to do a complete skincare overhaul and change out alot of products. A few weeks ago there was an offer on in Boots where you could get three Origins facemasks for €30, such amazing value so of course I had to purchase! I am in love with all three that I got, but the one that I found made the most difference to my skin was the "Out of Trouble" mask. It is a completely white mask that you apply and leave on for 10 minutes. When I wash this off my skin feels squeaky clean and I feel like my pores have gotten a good deep clean. It is such a handy mask for a mid-week treat and then I will use a more hardcore one at the weekend.

NYX HD Concealer
I picked this up a couple of weeks ago after being recommended it by the lovely Leanne.  I have been reaching for this everyday since getting it. My NARS creamy concealer ran out last month and since I couldn't justify paying another €30 for it right before Christmas I have been using this. It is amazing coverage without looking too caked on. I use this for both under my eyes and on blemishes/redness and I think it works perfectly on both. They have an amazing shade range so I would definitely recommend you check it out if you are looking for a good quality lower-end concealer! 


 Soap & Glory Supercat Liner
I have been getting back into wearing liquid eyeliner on my upper lash-line the past couple of weeks. I have been going between a few different options but once I got my hands on this I stuck with it. I think it is the easiest way of applying liquid eyeliner (you really have to be confident around liquid eyeliner- it senses your fear!) and it lasts all day on me. I have hooded eyes so alot of eyeliners tend to transfer to the top of my eyelid but I found this one really good at staying where it is meant to! 

 Bourjois Smoky Stories | Good Nude
 I have done a full review on this palette here so I won't go on about it too much. I just love the shades in this quad, they are all cool-toned which I tend to reach for more. The shadows are really pigmented and super easy to blend. The glitter in the middle is perfect for layering on top to add a bit of festiveness to the look. 

Rimmel East End Snob Lip-Liner
I think everyone has been going abit crazy for this lip liner since Amelia Liana said that she thinks it is a dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk. Slightly easier on the pocket than the Charlotte Tilbury one, so I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I never used to reach for a lipliner, I never really seen the point and just thought it was an extra, unnecessary step. But I have been converted! When I line my lips they look so much fuller, more even in shape and colour. This shade is a typical dusky rose pink so it looks almost like my natural lip colour. It is extremely matte so when I apply lipstick on top it adheres so much better to it and makes it last so much longer! I have been wearing this on an everyday basis just on its own with a bit of Nuxe Reve De Miel on top.

NYC Sunny Bronzer 
Again I have done an entire post dedicated to this bronzer. When my regular bronzers just weren't doing it for me anymore I had to go on the hunt for an alternative. There was alot of hype around this bronzer a few years ago, and rightly so. It is a lovely natural looking bronzer that I apply all over my face to give myself a bit of color and glow. Like I said in my original post I think the packaging lets it down a little bit, but for the product inside I am willing to put up with it. 

So that is it for this months favourites. I can't believe the next time I write one of these posts we will be at the start of a new year! What products have you been loving this month?

NYC "Sunny" Bronzer

In the past couple of months I haven't been reaching for bronzer as much as I used to. For some reason my usual picks just weren't sitting right on my face and either made me look tangoed or just looked too muddy on my skin. So the search began for an alternative. On a random shopping trip with my boyfriend I spotted an NYC stand and decided to have a nosey. I remember ages ago hearing alot of hype about the Sunny bronzer and when I spotted it on the shelf there was only one left so I grabbed it to give it a try and I can honestly say I was not expecting to like this as much as I do.

Lets start with the packaging which in my opinion lets the product down a little bit. It just feels and looks extremely cheap (which in fairness it is) and very flimsy, so I would be nervous about throwing this in my handbag or travelling with it because it would probably end up smashed all over everything. But packaging aside everything else about this amazing! The powder itself is amazingly pigmented so a quick dab with your brush is plenty. It is quite powdery so be sure to tap any excess off so you don't end up with it all over yourself. The shade is a little bit warmer, and a bit more red-toned than my usual bronzer picks like NARS Laguna, so it gives a really natural bronzed, sunkissed look to the skin. I have been using my Real Techniques Blush Brush with this bronzer which is a recent rediscovery and for me, the two are a match made in heaven. 

I apply this to the top of my forehead, my cheeks and down the centre of my nose just to add some warmth to my face and also a bit of dimension. I don't use this so much for contouring as I think it would be too warm for my skintone but it is matte so it is definitely a good option if you wanted to give it a go! For €2.99 I think it is such an amazing bargain and worth a try! I think this may have snuck in as one of my favourite bronzers ever and it is most definitely worth the hype!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Sharing the Love...

I have been addicted to reading blogs lately. I always love reading other people's blogs but lately it just seems to have become an obsession. I love reading other peoples opinions on products and even gaining inspiration for posts of my own. There are so many amazingly talented girls (and guys!) out there so I thought I would share with you a few of my all time favourites that I think you should check out if you don't already.

I have been following Celine's blog for absolutely ages! She is one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to blogging. If I am ever having a blogging slump or feeling unmotivated, I just click onto her page and have a read and she just seems to bring back my blogging mo-jo. On her blog the photography always looks so professional , she is so consistent and her posts are always really interesting and well written.  Her make-up skills are out of this world and she looks so frickin' amazing in every picture she is in. Celine is also one of the bloggers that I have had the pleasure of meeting in real life and she is honestly the nicest girl ever! Seriously talented lady and one you need to check out!!

Kayleigh is another blogger that I have followed for years. She was the one who inspired me to start up my own blog! Her reviews always seem to make my bank balance weep, because I normally end up buying most things she posts about. She has recently started to do more fashion types of posts and I am loving them, although to be fair the girl could wear a bin-liner and make it look good! She always gives really good, honest, detailed reviews with amazing pictures to go with it! I'm sure you all have already heard of her and her blog but if not definitely check her out! 

Now I couldn't finish this post without mentioning Karen. I think she is possibly my all time favourite blogger/youtuber, and not just for the beauty side of things (which is amazing too obviously!). Karen's videos and posts just put me in such good humor, if I am ever having a down day or just not feeling the best - I pop on one of her videos or log on to her blog and I am guaranteed to have a smile on my face at the end of it. She gives brilliant product reviews and when I read her posts or watch her videos it is like I am just talking to a friend about the latest bits we picked up in Boots. She always gives brilliant reviews but be warned she probably make you spend far too much money! 

Please let me know any bloggers that you think I should check out or if you have a blog yourself do leave your link below and I will be sure to check it out! 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Favourite Essie Polishes

 I think we all know at this stage that I am a massive Essie fan. I struggle to go a month without including one in my favourites and I can not seem to pass an Essie stand without picking one up. It is a real addiction! But in my opinion they are one of the best polishes you can get - both high-end and low-end. I love the formula, for me it is really long-lasting and goes opaque in pretty much one coat! The colours are all beautiful and I love that they release limited edition colours for the different seasons which just gives me lots more options! I thought I would share with you some of my all time favourite shades that I tend to reach for the most!

Penny Talk
Arguably my all time favourite Essie polish. I bought this when I was in London last year and I got so excited when I spotted it. We all know how I feel about rose gold and this is a ROSE GOLD NAIL POLISH! Can it get any more perfect? It is the best rose gold polish I have found, and I have tried quite a few. It leaves a lovely metallic sheen to the nails that isn't too grainy or looks too harsh.
This is the latest addition to my Essie family. This kind of colour is always one I reach for all year around- no matter what the weather. I think the dark red just looks amazing on short manicured nails all year round. I think this is one of my staple colours that I will always need in my collection.

 Angora Cardi
Another one of my latest additions to my collection and one I have been lusting after for years. I would describe this  as a dusty rose colour. It is a perfect Autumnal shade in my opinion and I have got so much wear out of it already this year. Plus how cute is the name?!

Another one of my all time favourites is Watermelon. I think the name is a perfect description of this shade which is a very hot pink colour. I love wearing these kinds of shades on my toes in particular.

Cute as a Button
I picked this up during the Summer and I wore it so much that I have a line where the polish starts which never normally happens! I would describe this colour a pinky-peach, it brightens up any look- considering I wear a lot of black this is something I need!

A cult favourite is this little baby pink beauty. I think everyone and their dog has tried Fiji but its popularity is completely justified. Another colour that is completely unique in my collection. An almost white polish with the smallest hint of pink to it. Perfect for the Summertime, and looks amazing with a tan- and almost enhances it! You do need 2-3 layers to get that white-pink look!

Absolutely Shore
This was a purchase inspired by the beautiful Jess! Mint Candy Apple of course is a cult favourite but it was just a little too green for my liking and then I spotted this on Jess and I knew I had to have it. It is like Mint Candy Apple's baby sister. It is alot more pastel and like a washed out version of it. Again it looks amazing in the Summer with a tan and I particularly like to wear this on my toes! 

After School Boy Blazer
This was part of the Autumn collection last year (can you tell I like my Autumnal shades?) and it was one everyone went a little bit crazy for. Yet another adorable name and the colour is just amazing! It is a almost black blue. I don't own anything else like it in my collection and it just looks amazing on the nails. It is one of the more watery ones I own so it does take a few more layers to achieve opacity but it is completely worth it! 

So those are my favourite colours in my Essie collection, if you know of any other colours that I need in my life please let me know! 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

My Current Skin Care Routine

Over the past couple of months my skin has not been looking its best. I've been getting alot more breakouts than normal and instead of feeling overly dry like it normally does, it has turned on its head and started to get slightly more on the oilier side of things. I think the main cause of this change in my skin has been the change in seasons. The weather has gotten alot cooler in recent months and I feel that this definitely has taken a toll on my skin. So in a bid to combat this I have switched out a few products from my skincare routine and I thought I would share them with you. 

For removing my make-up in the evenings I have been sticking with the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. I just soak a cotton pad (I use the big square ones that you can get in the Baby section in Boots!) in it and just take my make-up off with it. It does a brilliant job at removing the bulk of my make-up including eyeliner and mascara! 

The main thing I have changed is my cleanser. I have been a firm fan of the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish for years now- but I am starting to think that my skin is getting too used to it and it just wasn't doing the same job for me. So I did my research and eventually decided to go for the Clinique "Take the day off" Balm. It is suitable for all skintypes, so as my skin is flitting between being dry and oily it will cover me for all days. I do enjoy using cleansers that are slightly thicker in consistency during the colder months. I find that they are just slightly more nourishing for my skin during this time. The Clinique balm does slightly resemble a pot of fat when you first look at it, but don't let that put you off! It is a lot lighter in texture than I was expecting but once you rub it between your hands it turns into an oily substance which you then rub into your skin and rub off using a hot flannel/cloth. I imagine that this will last me ages because I only use the smallest amount and it is quite a big tub. 

I am still loving the Liz Earle Instant Tonic Boost for my toner. I find it soothes my skin when I apply it and does a good job at calming any redness that may be going on. I have this in the spritzer bottle so I can either just spritz it directly onto my skin or just apply it onto a cotton pad and use that to wipe my face with. I sometimes use this in the mornings before I apply any make-up, to freshen up my skin for the day. The next step which I also do in the mornings is apply my beloved La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. This cream is absolutely amazing, it helps to clear up breakouts really quickly and any redness that may linger from spots. It feels so light on the skin so when I apply it in the mornings before make-up it doesn't make a difference to how my make-up looks. I recently ran out of my favourite Origins GinZing eye-cream and unfortunately I couldn't justify paying for it at the moment (Christmas is coming!) so I went on the hunt for something similar. I look for something that is brightening as well as hydrating in an eyecream. I do tend to get alot of discolouration and puffiness under my eyes so anything that can combat that is a star in my book. So again after a bit of research I decided to go for the Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C eye-cream. I am a massive fan of the Una Brennan range, and everything that I had tried I had loved. In the couple of weeks that I have been using this I have noticed that the dark circles under my eyes have been neutralized quite well and puffiness has been brought down. 

My moisturizer has not changed, I am still loving my Origins GinZing moisturiser. I find it really brightens my skin while still adding a decent amount of moisturizer. Plus it smells like oranges...yum! And finally for any unwelcome friends on my face I use the Origins Super Spot Remover. I am a massive fan of this stuff. Just pop a tiny bit of this onto the offending area and I find that it reduces the size of the area, the redness and overall just speeds up the healing process. It does tend to dry out the spot so only apply this where needed!

So those are the products that I reach for on an everyday basis to try and keep my skin in as best condition as it possibly can. I do think that consistency is a major part of skincare. If you are chopping and changing products like nobodies business then your skin doesn't get a chance to settle down and it will eventually react. So that is why when I do find a product that I like, I stick with it as best I can. What is your all time favourite skincare product and are there any products that you think I should try out?